FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 14, 2012
Tops in Blue in town Saturday only
By Jana Hall, 14th Force Support Squadron
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Tops in Blue, the premier entertainment showcase of the U.S. Air Force, will perform a free, family-friendly show Saturday, 6 p.m., at Mississippi University for Women’s Rent Auditorium.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for military ID holders and at 5:30 p.m. for the general public. There are no tickets for this event, so come early as seating is limited and cannot be reserved.
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is providing its double-decker bus for shuttle service from several downtown parking areas to the university’s front gate to ease the traffic congestion and walking distance to the venue. The bus will pick up show-goers at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 300 Main St., at 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., servicing the surrounding parking lots in the downtown region. It also will swing by for a second pickup at the corner of College Drive and Seventh Street at 4:10 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., servicing the parking lots around First United Methodist Church, Regions Bank and the fire department. Return shuttle services following the show are tentatively set for 7:40 p.m. and 8 p.m., depending on the show’s end time.
Columbus is the last stop for the cast and crew as they wrap up their 2011 tour titled “Rhythm Nation” which brings to life the music of America from the early 1900s through today, providing glimpses of a century of popular music and its evolution through new rhythms and technology.
During this last show of the year-long tour, one of the talented cast members, Staff Sgt. Mark Lindquist, will be reunited with his cousin here at Columbus Air Force Base. Lt. Col. Kevin “Hobo” Sutton, Chief, Wing Plans and Programs, and Lindquist grew up together in Ortonville, Minn., a small farming community on the South Dakota border.
Lindquist also is receiving a surprise visit from his parents, Gordon and Diane Lindquist, who have traveled to Columbus from Minnesota for a small family reunion with their son, nephew and his family (the Suttons). Lindquist’s home station is home base is Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Local sponsors who make this and other events possible are Mississippi University for Women, WCBI, Hank’s #1 BBQ, Chick-Fil-A, Brown’s Farm and Garden Supply and Studdard Law Firm. Coca-Cola is the national sponsor of this tour. No federal endorsement of sponsors is intended.
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